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Love and War
Tamar Braxton Lyrics


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Somebody said every day, was gon' be sunny skies,
Only Marvin Gaye and lingerie, I guess somebody lied
We started discussin' it to fightin' then "Don't touch me, please."
Then it's "Let's stop the madness, just come lay with me."
And truth be told I'm wavin' my flag before it goes bad yeah yeah
'Cause we made it this far on for better or worse
I wanna feel it even if it hurts
If I gotta cry to get to the other side, let's go 'cause we're gon' survive oh

We stay on the front lines
Yeah but we're still here after the bomb drops
We go so hard we lose control
The fire starts then we explode
When the smoke clears we dry our tears
Only in love and war

Sometimes you're my general, you quarterback all these plays
Sometimes you're my enemy and I'm throwin' grenades
We'll just be chillin' and laughin', I'm layin' on your chest
Don't know what happened 'cause things just went left
But here we go back down that road
That's just the way that it goes
'Cause we made it this far on for better or worse
I wanna feel it even if it hurts
If I gotta cry to get to the other side, as long as you're there I'll survive oh

We stay on the front lines
Yeah but we're still here after the bomb drops
We go so hard we lose control
The fire starts then we explode
When the smoke clears we dry our tears
Only in love and war

As long as we make up after every fight when it's over
You know I'm comin' home right there where I belong
I'm takin' off this armor oh-oh-oh-whoa-ooh-oh-oh

And we stay on the front lines
Yeah but we're still here after the bomb drops
We go so hard we lose control
The fire starts then we explode baby
When the smoke clears we dry our tears
Only in love and war
Only in love and war
Only in love and war

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Tamar Braxton's "Love and War" sets the tone for the song's exploration of the tumultuous nature of romantic relationships. The speaker is dismayed to find that things are not as idyllic as she was led to believe, referencing the sunny skies they were promised. The allusion to Marvin Gaye is significant, as it indicates that the speaker desires a deep and authentic connection akin to the iconic crooner's soulful music. The ensuing verses describe a common pattern in relationships, one where disagreements escalate into arguments and even physical altercations, followed by periods of reconciliation and intimacy. The chorus underscores the message that love and war are inextricably linked, highlighting the inherent conflict that can arise within romantic partnerships. The final verse expresses a willingness to be vulnerable and let down defenses, in the hopes of achieving greater understanding and closeness with a partner.


Overall, "Love and War" is a song that explores the complexity of romantic relationships, and the ways in which individuals navigate the ups and downs that can come with them. It speaks to the challenges of sustaining passion and connection over time, and the willingness to weather difficult periods in order to preserve a deep bond.


Line by Line Meaning

Somebody said every day, was gon' be sunny skies,
Someone told us life would be easy and perfect.


Only Marvin Gaye and lingerie, I guess somebody lied
We were expecting love and intimacy, but instead found struggle and hardship.


We started discussin' it to fightin' then "Don't touch me, please."
We began discussing our problems but ended up fighting and wanting space from each other.


Then it's "Let's stop the madness, just come lay with me."
After the heated argument, we try to make peace and connect emotionally.


And truth be told I'm wavin' my flag before it goes bad yeah yeah
Honestly, I'm trying to avoid chaos and conflict before it gets worse.


'Cause we made it this far on for better or worse
We've come a long way together and are committed to each other through good times and bad.


I wanna feel it even if it hurts
I'm willing to experience the pain and hurt that come along with loving you.


If I gotta cry to get to the other side, let's go 'cause we're gon' survive oh
I'm willing to endure the tough times because we'll make it through them together.


We stay on the front lines
We're constantly facing challenges and working hard to overcome them as a team.


Yeah but we're still here after the bomb drops
Despite facing tough situations, we're still together and thriving.


We go so hard we lose control
We're so committed to each other that we sometimes get carried away and forget our boundaries.


The fire starts then we explode
Our desires and passions for each other can sometimes lead to intense arguments.


When the smoke clears we dry our tears
After the dust settles, we take a moment to recover and heal from the fight.


Only in love and war
These intense emotions and conflicts are only experienced in love and committed relationships.


Sometimes you're my general, you quarterback all these plays
In our relationship, sometimes you take charge and lead us through the hard times.


Sometimes you're my enemy and I'm throwin' grenades
Other times, we end up opposing each other and causing harm instead of working together.


We'll just be chillin' and laughin', I'm layin' on your chest
In the peaceful moments, we're able to rest and enjoy each other's company.


Don't know what happened 'cause things just went left
Sometimes things go wrong unexpectedly and we're left confused and hurt.


But here we go back down that road
We often find ourselves revisiting the same problems and issues in our relationship.


That's just the way that it goes
These ups and downs are just part of being in a relationship.


As long as we make up after every fight when it's over
We try to reconcile and make things right again after every argument.


You know I'm comin' home right there where I belong
We always come back to each other and find comfort and belonging in our relationship.


I'm takin' off this armor oh-oh-oh-whoa-ooh-oh-oh
I'm letting down my defenses and making myself vulnerable because I trust you.




Lyrics ยฉ Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Darhyl Camper, Lashawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick, Tamar Braxton

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Robe

its 2023 and this song is still timeless and a staple in my playlists. thank you tamar braxton

Shawnni

Yesss it is

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๐Ÿ˜Œ it slaps so hard.

Renee Williams

Facts

Donna Davis

Facts!

Melanie

I agree ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽ™๏ธโค

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Aura Harris

She is literally has every one of her sisters voice. One of the best artist alive. Completely underrated.

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Truth

S Palmer

Tamar ate this song up! Years later and itโ€™s STILL a bop!

TrueSouth

Listen ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

Still one of my go-to songs

God was showing off with those pipes.

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